West Barns have staged a successful defence of the prestigious Jubilee Cup and now go forward to represent the East Lothian Banner in the Scottish Inter County Top Ten Tournament for a super sixth time. “We were runners up in the national championship in 2007 and semi finalists this season so the club is excited that we will be challenging for the 2015 title with a strong team that has the ability and promise of going all the way”, said team captain Scott Kennedy.
Haddington provided stiff opposition in the recently contested County final played at Gifford and the outcome went right down to the wire with the points shared 4-4 and West Barns triggering the victory salute with a shot margin plus of 4. Wins in the Pairs and Triples tipped the scales for the defending champions who were put under pressure by their losses to Haddington in the Singles and Fours. Kennedy – who earned his debut caps for Scotland this season – is a major player in the West Barns Top Ten and played a significant role in skipping Kevin Thomson to a 7 shot win over Haddington’s Pair of Stewart Thomson and Gary McNab. The battle for supremacy in the Triples was an epic affair that was filled with great tensions before Gary Landells skipped Ian Knox and Ian Thorburn to a nail-biting 3 shot win over Graeme Wilson, Gordon Hunter, and Billy Dunleavy. Haddington had drawn first blood and it was an early morale booster for them with their spearhead figure Glenn Blair just getting it on the nod to win a 21-20 thriller against West Barns icon Alister Kennedy of international reputation. The knife-edge climax to the match result was then set up the Haddington Rink of Chris Black, Charlie Sobolewski, Jamie Blair, and Angus Blair who inflicted a 5 shot defeat on Dougie Kennedy, Robert Wilson, Calum Gordon, and Scott Thorburn in the Fours. Earlier in the day West Barns had defeated Cockenzie & Port Seton in their semi final clash while Haddington progressed at the expense of Castlepark.